For any commuter, one of the worst pieces of news to hear is that a major snowstorm is on its way. For those who live or work in Northern Virginia, that news item was all most people were talking about in the days leading up to Valentine's Day. The most substantial storm of this winter struck the area heavily on Feb. 13, and left many drivers coping with the aftermath of two major hassles: severe weather and car accidents.
It is generally common knowledge that the less sleep people get, the less likely they are to be able to operate a motor vehicle safely. The drowsier people are, of course, the more likely they are to cause a car accident. While it seems that most parents and educators would agree with this, top school officials in Fairfax County appear reluctant to make changes on the issue. Throughout the Northern Virginia region, Fairfax schools have the earliest start times, making the roadways a potentially perilous place to be before classes start.
Virginia Marine Police don't typically place handcuffs on a motor vehicle driver, but in some instances, these authorities must intervene on land as well as sea. One such incident occurred on the night of January 14, when a car accident in Virginia Beach damaged several other vehicles.